A report released last month says that too often, young people nationwide are permanently separated from their incarcerated parents. By separated, the report means put up for adoption with the rights of the birth parents terminated. And this happens to families of color at a disproportionately high rate, the report says.
Recently the two authors of that report joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Eleanor Roberts and Destiny Lopez with the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic at Yale explained that the issue is a particular piece of 1990s federal legislation that creates financial incentives for states to do this.